Ph.D. Student Profile

Lucie  Kalousova

Lucie Kalousova, B.A., M.A.

    • Doctoral Candidate (2017)
      Health Services Organization and Policy and Sociology

    • Cognate: Sociology


  • Dissertation Title:  Durable Disparity: The Emergence and Entrenchment of the Great American Smoking Cap
  • Dissertation Committee: Sarah Burgard & Scott Greer (Co-chairs), Sandra Levitsky, David Mendez, Kenneth Warner
  • BA, Sociology/Anthropology, Earlham College (2010)
  • MA, Sociology, University of Michigan (2013)

Research Interests & Projects

Lucie Kalousova is a doctoral candidate in Health Services Organization and Policy and Sociology, and Population Studies Center trainee. She studies the mechanisms through which inequalities in socioeconomic resources, such as wealth, income, or education, translate to disparities in population health. In her dissertation she uses a variety of historical and contemporary data to investigate how and why cigarette smoking became socially stratified in the United States. Her first dissertation paper estimates individuals' risks of initiation and cessation, and how these were influenced by SES in different periods of the twentieth century. She supplements her quantitative analysis with a content analysis of historical cigarette advertisements. In the second paper, she uses the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to examine the transmission of smoking from parents to children and whether intergenerational transmission contributed to the maintenance of socioeconomic inequalities in smoking across generations. The final paper in her dissertation evaluates the role of local smokefree policies in shaping the socioeconomic distribution of smoking in the American population. Her research makes both theoretical and empirical contributions to the ongoing debate about the origin and persistence of health disparities.